In collaboration with the Ohio Soybean Council, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center will be hitting the road this summer to attend 22 different Ohio county fairs, as well as all five sessions of Ohio FFA Camp, Muskingum.
The Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer (OSSS) aims to provide education and outreach about biobased and soy-based products. The program is led by two OBIC Student Assistants: Brad Collins, a senior, studying Community Leadership and Shivani Patel, a senior studying Biological Engineering. They will be driving the Sustainable World Tour van across Ohio to 22 counties, from Ashtabula to Warren.
One of the program activities includes an interactive, biobased Jeopardy-style game that allows contestants to compete against each other and test their knowledge of the bioeconomy. Competitors choose their character and buzz-in when they want to answer a question, just like the Jeopardy you’re used to.
An additional activity tests consumer’s knowledge of biobased products. Consumers are asked to view a series of household products and determine which of them are biobased. After participating, consumers will be familiar with the United States Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred logo. The BioPreferred logo is a quick way to determine if a product is manufactured using renewable materials.
"We can help consumers feel good about the products they use, the companies they support, and the environment they leave behind."
OSSS is utilizing local Ohio county fairs to reach a diverse audience and provide education about biobased and soy-based products. We hope to reach everyone from uninvolved consumers, local agriculturalists, and industry professionals, to 4H and FFA exhibitors at the fairs.
We will also be attending Ohio FFA Camp, Muskingum to conduct educational programs on sustainability and bioscience to inspire the next generation of leaders in the bioeconomy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy Billion-ton Study, by the year 2030, the United States’ bioeconomy has the potential to create 1.1 million new jobs. Ohio FFA Members will play a vital role in developing America’s biobased industry.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @OhioBioproducts to see our Student Assistants traveling across Ohio and interacting with consumers like you. Use the hashtag #BiobasedLifestyle to see what others are doing to support our mission.
This article was written by Bradley Collins, OBIC Student Assistant and Senior at The Ohio State University.